PERB Adopts Heightened Version of Purple Communications
Napa Valley CCD (2018) PERB Decision No. 2563-E (Issued on 5/25/18)
This precedential decision involves an appeal from a dismissal. The central issue was whether charging party, an employee, engaged in protected activity by sending e-mails to co-workers. To answer this question the Board had to decide whether the employee had the right to send e-mails via the employer’s e-mail system. This question provided PERB an opportunity to consider whether to follow the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) decision in Purple Communications, Inc. (2014) 361 NLRB No. 126 (“Purple Communications”).